2018 VW Atlas vs. Dodge Durango


2018 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2018 Dodge Durango

When you need a vehicle with enough space to transport your family and enough versatility and skill to handle your adventures when the week is out, a midsize three-row SUV is the perfect solution when smaller SUVs won't cut it and you don't want to go overboard with a full-size SUV or tread into minivan territory. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas strikes a harmonious chord, offering plenty of room for your passengers and all their stuff, precise handling, and excellent safety scores. But does it hold up well against its competition? We measured the Atlas against its rival, the 2018 Dodge Durango, and found the Atlas to be the better pick overall.


If you're more interested in a three-row crossover that can efficiently manage your daily routine, the Atlas is the way to go. The base four-cylinder engine edges past the Durango's fuel economy, offering up to 22 city/26 highway mpg. Opting for the Atlas' V6 engine gives this SUV an added boost while still maintaining great fuel economy. The Durango trades fuel-efficiency for power, offering stronger engine options at the expense of the gas tank. For everyday driving, the agile Atlas offers four driving modes to help you make the most of every situation on the road. Sport Mode, for example, breathes life into the Atlas and makes it feel like it's much smaller than it actually is.


Passengers will have no trouble finding room to stretch out in the Atlas, particularly in the spacious third row. Head, shoulder, and leg room abound, outshining the interior space of the Durango at every turn. The Atlas also boasts more cargo space, offering up to a max 96.8 cubic feet of space versus the Durango's 84.5 cubic feet of space. The Atlas is also a bit more accommodating when it comes to taking young ones along for the ride. You can easily slide the second-row seats forward to make room for child safety seats.


The Volkswagen Atlas has a starting MSRP of $30,500, which is only slightly more than what you might expect to pay for a base Dodge Durango. As you climb up the trim level latter, however, the distance between them expands with the top-tier Durango growing considerably more expensive than the top-tier Atlas. If you're more concerned with adding an affordable, family-friendly SUV to your driveway than a performance-centric vehicle, visit Sonnen Volkswagen today to take the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas for a test drive!



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